Three places to visit on your fall foliage road trip
As soon as the air cools off and pumpkin spice can be found in everything from cookies to coffee to candles, you know it’s fall. What better way to celebrate the most colorful season than through a fall foliage road trip.
Autumn colors pop up on trees all across the country this time of year. Many people make a point to travel to new towns or old favorites to take in the beauty. Taking a road trip in a recreational vehicle is the perfect way to explore new corners of the country and create your own adventure. Here are three of the best places to see vibrant reds, oranges and yellows:
1. Green Mountain Byway, Vermont
Fall in New England evokes images of collegiate ivy and rolling Appalachian mountainsides. Some of the most picturesque scenery can be seen on the Green Mountain Byway in Vermont. The 11-mile stretch winds between mountain ridges and gives drivers the chance to snap photos of maple, birch and beech trees in full color, according to Fodor’s Travel.
Condé Nast Traveler noted that the Green Mountains are the place to go for the most intense colors. Jerry Monkman, one of the authors of The Colors of Fall Road Trip Guide, told Condé Nast that this is because maple trees are well-known for their rich autumnal hues, and there are plenty of maples in Vermont.
If you’re looking for the ideal small town to set up camp for the night, CountryLiving suggests Stowe, Vermont. This is home to the famous Trapp Family Lodge, where the real-life von Trapp family, the inspiration of the family in The Sound of Music lived.
2. Columbia River Gorge, Oregon
On the border of Oregon and Washington is an impressive 80-mile gorge that boasts powerful waterfalls, dense forests and spectacular views. When the colors turn from green to fiery reds and oranges, the Columbia River Gorge becomes the epitome of bright autumn colors.
If you’re hoping to extend your fall foliage road trip as long as you can, make the Columbia River Gorge your last stop. Trees at the highest elevations change colors first, so the low gorge takes longer than other places like Vermont to trade its green hues for reds and oranges, Condé Nast Traveler explained. The sight is worth the wait. A wide variety of trees — from firs and cottonwoods to pines and ash — provide a whole rainbow of variety.
3. Glacier National Park, Montana
If solitude is your thing, there’s no better place to take your RV than to Glacier National Park, according to Fodor’s. While the park is a popular summer destination, by the time the warmer season comes to a close, most people have packed up and gone home. This means you can view the bright aspens, maples and the rare yellow larch trees in peace. Larches are deciduous conifer trees, which means that even though they have needles, they still shed their leaves every year.
Finding the perfect fall foliage is on the minds of many people around this time of year. Seeking out these trees for yourself is an adventure worth taking.